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SBD Global/December 14, 2012/International Football
Copa Sudamericana Final Abandoned After Tigre Players Say They Were Attacked
Published December 14, 2012
A CHAOTIC SCENE: Tigre defender Mariano Echeverria said, "We got to the dressing room at halftime and there were guys waiting for us with sticks and guns. After 10 minutes of fighting, the police came and took us." He added, "The referee was with us and saw the players get beat up. The assistants were in there too. They saw everything that happened at halftime" (EMOL, 12/13). The AP wrote the chaotic scenes in São Paulo are "sure to trouble FIFA," which already has been frustrated by slow preparations for the World Cup. Violence on and off the field "still blights many matches in South America, with Brazil and Argentina particularly affected." During the World Cup, FIFA relies on local officials and police to "enforce safety at the stadiums" (AP, 12/13). Former Tigre President Sergio Massa made the following comments to the Argentinian FA. Massa: "It's one of the most shameful pages in Brazilian football. We came to play a game of football, not a war. All this makes us very sad. We don't want to win or lose a game in the offices, but the AFA are going to have to make a strong protest" (PA, 12/13).